Officer Careers

Life in The Royal Welsh as an Officer offers challenges and opportunities you will not find anywhere else. If you are interested in becoming an Officer and being in charge of a Platoon of 32 men visit your local Army careers office for further information.

So, what are the steps to becoming a Royal Welsh Officer?

These are the steps it takes to join the Regular Army as an Officer.

Getting started

Use role finder to see what job might suit you. Create an online account so you can fill in and submit your application. (There’s a ‘save’ functionality so you don’t have to do it all at once.)

If you have any questions at all, chat to our Advisers on Live Chat or pop in to an Army Careers Centre.

Once your application has been received and your basic eligibility assessed, you’ll be sent a link to complete an online form about your general health.


If you've passed the medical screening, you’ll  be given a Candidate Support Manager (CSM). Their job is to help you during the joining process. You’ll then be invited for an interview with a Senior Careers Advisor (SCA). This lets you ask questions and allows the SCA to see if you are suitable for the Army. They will also give you advice on how to prepare for the Army Officer Selection Board.

After your interview you will need to fill out your medical declaration (RGMD), this is handed to your GP, and Optician if required, reviewed by Westbury. You'll then be booked in for a medical assessment.


Army Officer Selection Board (AOSB) is in two parts: a 24-hour briefing and a 3½ day Main Selection Board:

At the 24-hour briefing you'll perform physical and practical exercises to test your leadership and teamwork potential.

Once you pass AOSB Briefing you will be asked back to attend Main Board. Over a 3½ day period you’ll be assessed physically and mentally to demonstrate your abilities. You can find example exercises in the download library.

Succeed, and you’ll be offered an officer training place at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS).

Before your offer of employment can be confirmed, you'll need to complete some security forms and your doctor will be required to provide information.

Some candidates may be asked to attend an 11-week course at the Army School of Education, Worthy Down before starting at Sandhurst. This focuses on academic skills, cultural awareness and contemporary knowledge.


Once you’ve accepted a place at Sandhurst, you’ll need to attend a mandatory 5 day pre-course briefing (PCCBC) where you’ll learn more about the course, have a medical and be issued some of your uniform.

Your officer career begins at Sandhurst where you will complete a 44-week course. This involves military and leadership training, preparing you for your first appointment as an officer.

Specialist Training

Once you have completed your initial training at Sandhurst (and become a ‘commissioned’ officer), you will undertake specialist training to prepare you for your first appointment. The emphasis here will be on developing your leadership skills in a practical context. Continual professional development is a theme of Army life.